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Time Travel: Recent Trips
Edited by Paula Guran
Trade Paperback | 384 pages | $16.95
Prime Books (October 8, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1607014348
(Also will be available in ebook)

The idea of time travel has been with us since ancient times; now the concept of time travel seems . . . almost . . . plausible. Today, tales of chrononauts are more imaginative and thought-provoking than ever before: new views, cutting-edge concepts, radical notions of paradox and possibility—state-of-the-art speculative stories collected from those written in the twenty-first century. Forward to the past, back to the future—get ready for some fascinating trips!

CONTENTS (Alphabetically by author):
“The Time Travel Club,” Charlie Jane Anders
“Mating Habits of the Late Cretaceous,” Dale Bailey
“The Carpet Beds of Sutro Park,” Kage Baker
“The Ile of Dogges,” Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
“The Ghosts of Christmas,” Paul Cornell
“Thought Experiment,” Eileen Gunn
“First Flight,” Mary Robinette Kowal
“Blue Ink,”Yoon Ha Lee
“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary,” Ken Liu
“The Lost Canal,” Michael Moorcock
“The Mists of Time,” Tom Purdom
“September at Wall and Broad,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Two Shots from Fly’s Photo Gallery,” John Shirley
“With Fate Conspire,” Vandana Singh
“Twember,” Steve Rasnic Tem
“Bespoke,” Genevieve Valentine
“The King of Where-I-Go,” Howard Waldrop
“Number 73 Glad Avenue,” by Suzanne J. Willis

Cover art: Julie Dillion




Just a reminder MAGIC CITY: RECENT SPELLS is out and has been a few weeks. Have you nought yours yet?

As an editor, I try not to complain much about anything readers say or do. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. But I have to admit I am getting very tired of people who complain an anthology like this is…SHOCK!…all reprints. It is made plain by the description on the book that these are some of the best stories from recent years on the theme. And yes, you may have read a few of them before. But I can bet that the average reader has not read ALL of the two dozen included, not even the majority.

On the positive side, more perspicacious readers seem to delight in finding “new” (to them) authors to make note of. And maybe contented readers don’t post as much as those who aren’t.

Before you think I’m being a little too cranky here…there are complaints every time a “year’s best” comes out! OMG, it’s a book of some of the outstanding stories from the year before and readers are complaining they are reprints? Yes, they do. Oy.


Contents Announced: Zombies: MORE Recent Dead

ZombiesMoreRecent-200Contents announced for ZOMBIES: MORE RECENT DEAD. I know…who wants more zombies? Well, even if you don’t like zombies, I think you will like these stories! Writers are being more imaginative than ever with the icon. If you preorder on right now you get more than $5 off cover price.

The living dead are more alive than ever! Zombies have become more than an iconic monster for the twenty-first century: they are now a phenomenon constantly revealing as much about ourselves—and our fascination with death, resurrection, and survival—as our love for the supernatural or post-apocalyptic speculation. Our most imaginative literary minds have been devoured by these incredible creatures and produced exciting, insightful, and unflinching new works of zombie fiction. We’ve again dug up the best stories published in the last few years and compiled them into an anthology to feed your insatiable hunger…

CONTENTS (alphabetically by author last name:

• Joanne Anderton, “Trail of Dead”
• Michael Arnzen, “Rigormarole” (poem)
• Marie Brennan, “What Still Abides
• Mike Carey, “Iphigenia in Aulis”
• Jacques L. Condor (Mak a Tai Meh), “Those Beneath the Bog”
• Neil Gaiman, “The Day the Saucers Came” (poem)
• Roxane Gay, “There is No ‘E’ in Zombi Which Means There Can Be No You Or We”
• Ron Goulart, “I Waltzed with a Zombie”
• Eric Gregory, “The Harrowers”
• William Jablonsky, “The Death and Life of Bob”
• Shaun Jeffrey, “Til Death Do Us Part”
• Matthew Johnson, “The Afflicted”
• Stephen Graham Jones, “Rocket Man”
• Joy Kennedy-O’Neill “Aftermath”
• Caitlín R. Kiernan, “In The Dreamtime of Lady Resurrection”
• Nicole Kornher-Stace, “Present”
• Joe R. Lansdale, “The Hunt: Before and The Aftermath”
• Shira Lipkin, “Becca at the End of the World”
• David Liss, “What Maisie Knew”
• Jonathan Maberry, “Jack & Jill”
• Alex Dally MacFarlane, “Selected Sources for the Babylonian Plague of the Dead (572-571 BCE)”
• Maureen McHugh, “The Naturalist”
• Lisa Mannetti, “Resurgam”
• Joe McKinney, “The Day the Music Died”
• Tamsyn Muir, “Chew”
• Holly Newstein, “Delice”
• Cat Rambo, “Love, Resurrected”
• Carrie Ryan, “What We Once Feared”
• Marge Simon, “The Children’s Hour” (poem)
• Maggie Slater, “A Shepherd of the Valley”
• Simon Strantzas, “Stemming the Tide”
• Charles Stross, “Bit Rot”
• Genevieve Valentine, “The Gravedigger of Konstan Spring”
• Carrie Vaughn, “Kitty’s Zombie New Year”
• Don Webb, “Pollution”
• Jay Wilburn, “Dead Song”


World Horror Convention GOH Schedule

I will be editor Guest of Honor at World Horror Convention 2014 in Portland, OR next week. Honor though it may be, I’m fretting because it is really putting me behind on work. (So if you are expecting a TIME TRAVEL contract, it won’t be going out until after the 13th. Sorry!)

Which reminds me: I have a new cellphone # and there’s a good chance if I once had yours, I may not have it now. So email me to exchange numbers if you want to get hold of me there.

The schedule is exceedingly light (see below), but I still am arriving on Weds the 7th and not getting home until late Monday night the 12th. I’ll attend a few of the other panels, I’m sure, but I really wish I had a laptop to keep working during all the free time. I suppose I can hang around the bar and hope people buy me drinks.

Did I mention I am having panic attacks about this trip and appearance?

6:00pm-7:00pm Willamette foyer Opening Ceremonies
8:00pm-9:00pm Ross/Morrison Panel: What Editors Want

11:00am-12:00pm Ross/Morrison Panel: Paula Guran Interview and Q&A
[1 p.m. Room WW2-private workshop meeting]
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Willamette Foyer
Mass Autograph Signing

1:00pm-2:00pm Ross/Morrison Panel: How To Put Together A Great Anthology